Politics Rolling out the welcome mat: Trump trolls FBI, Dems with doormats in post-raid fundraising push
4 lingering misconceptions about the FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago
Trumpworld is sowing doubt about what happened during the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago. Feds are starting to provide some answers, but confusion reigns.Memories of Mar-a-Lago came flooding back Monday night when the news broke that the FBI had executed a search warrant on Donald Trump's permanent residence.
Former President campaign store unveiled a new welcome mat Sunday in an apparent nod to the on his residence last week.
The 45th president and his political allies have pushed their fundraising effortsin the wake of Monday's unprecedented raid of his Palm Beach, Fla., estate, sending out loads of emails and texts to supporters urgently requesting donations. On Saturday, the former president team announced in an email to supporters that welcome mats reading: "Don't blame this family — we voted for Trump" were now available on their website.
Trump doesn't deny taking classified nuclear documents from the White House while baselessly accusing Obama of the same thing
Obama "kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified," Trump falsely claimed. "How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!"Instead, he again attacked former President Barack Obama, falsely accusing him of illegally keeping classified documents.
The doormats were likely developed and manufactured prior to the raid, and the email announcement about them made no reference to the Mar-a-Lago search. Still, the merchandise could serve as a dig at the federal law enforcement investigations into the former president.
In another email to supporters later Sunday, one of many that the former president has sent since Monday's shocking search of his winter residence, Trump's team wrote that: "an army of agents broke into Mar-a-Lago."
"A surprise RAID, POLITICS, and all the while, our Country is going to HELL at the hands of the Democrats," the email continued. "We cannot stand for this, Friend. THEY BROKE INTO MY HOME — the home of the 45th President of the United States. I could really use your help right now. Can I count on YOU to rush in a donation by the end of the day? Your support cannot wait."
The far right is calling for civil war after the FBI raid on Trump's home. Experts say that fight wouldn't look like the last one.
"People's sense of the civil and civic ways of resolving disputes" is "out the window," Fiona Hill told Insider, warning of the potential for "civil conflict."Just a small crowd of supporters had gathered as of 2 p.m. Several people who said they were part of Club 45 — an independent Trump-supporting organization — said more people would assemble from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., after people were done working for the day. Traffic was becoming more backed up by 3 p.m. By 5 p.m., about 60 people had gathered on the bridge.
The Monday search by the FBI was reportedly related to boxes of documents Trump brought back with him to his Florida resort after leaving office. The National Archives and Records Administration has previously said some presidential records in 15 boxes obtained from Mar-a-Lago earlier this year included materials marked as classified.
The warrant that allowed FBI agents to execute the search,, revealed that the former president is a potential violation of the Espionage Act and possible obstruction of justice.
FBI agents foundduring their raid of the residence, with some documents being considered of classification, according to the warrant. In its search, the agency recovered 11 sets of classified documents among 20 boxes that were taken, including handwritten notes, binders full of photos, and the executive given to Trump ally .
Armed Trump supporters protest outside FBI office in Phoenix following Mar-a-Lago raid: reports
Donald Trump supporters, some armed with semi-automatic rifles and handguns, held "Abolish FBI" signs outside the office in Phoenix, Arizona.My visits there as a White House reporter for Politico more than five years ago came during the earliest days of Trump's presidency. They gave me an up-close look into all of the controversy and celebrity hoopla that surrounded a man who just months earlier had become the most powerful person on the planet.
Trump has not been charged in the incident, and the investigation into the handling of White House documents is underway. However, the warrant detailed possible violations of several U.S. statutes. The former presidentindicating that the FBI obtained multiple sets of classified information from the Florida resort, saying that the files he possessed were "all declassified."
The Presidential Records Act mandates public ownership of all presidential records and must be preserved by each administration. When it comes to the classified documents, Trump’s lawyers argued the 45th president used his authority to declassify the information he took with him when he left office. Although a president has the power to do so, it’s not clear if Trump went through the appropriate process to declassify the documents.
Regardless of if Trump is charged or not, the issue has unified Republicans around the belief that there is a double standard in the FBI with regard to how they treat political figures. GOP lawmakers have argued that the FBI has appeared to approach Trump, a Republican, without the presumption of innocence granted to former Secretary of State. a Democrat. when she was probed for her use of a private email server or as he faces investigations into his business and tax dealings.
Trump is privately pushing the theory the attack on an Ohio FBI office by a Trump supporter was a false flag, report says
Trump, who hasn't said much about the death of a supporter who tried to breach an FBI office, has aired various ideas about him behind the scenes.Just a small crowd of supporters had gathered as of 2 p.m. Several people who said they were part of Club 45 — an independent Trump-supporting organization — said more people would assemble from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., after people were done working for the day. Traffic was becoming more backed up by 3 p.m. By 5 p.m., about 60 people had gathered on the bridge.
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Donald Trump and Mark Meadows' last-minute plan to declassify an FBI file and tip off a conservative journalist: NYT .
Donald Trump and Mark Meadows rushed to get a series of redactions approved and an FBI file declassified in the last days of the presidency, per a report.According to The Times, former chief of staff Mark Meadows had Trump's blessing to seek out the declassification of the binder containing unreleased information about the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation.